Category Archives: Middle East

Iran’s provocations may prove costly

by Claude Salhani – Iran has threatened to resume its nuclear programme and its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has continued to provoke the US Navy in the Arabian Gulf, putting into question an international ac­cord formulated under the Obama … Continue reading

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Promoting democracy in Middle East, a thing of the past in Washington

  by Claude Salhani It appears the United States is getting out of the democ­racy-spreading business — at least while the current president remains in the White House. The Washing­ton Post reported that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ordered … Continue reading

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Why are Arabs and Israelis unable to reach a peaceful settlement?

By Claude Salhani I remember in junior high school learning about the Hundred Years’ War between England and France and laughing, thinking how impossible it would be. Looking at the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, however, we come to … Continue reading

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What will it take to stop the current destruction?

by Claude Salhani – What will it take to awaken the leaders in the Arab world who continue to believe that their will can be imposed on their people regardless of the cost in material damages and human lives? How … Continue reading

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The wider issue of travel bans goes beyond Trump

The debate over US President Donald Trump’s attempt to impose a ban on travel to the United States on people from seven majority Muslim countries continues. Tens of thousands of opponents to the measure have taken to the streets in … Continue reading

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The failure to predict

By Claude Salhani The Obama administra­tion will no doubt be blamed for the sad state of affairs that have plagued parts of the Middle East during its time in office. That would be justified in part in regards to the … Continue reading

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A look ahead at the Middle East in 2017

by Claude Salhani As a new year begins, journalists and analysts often try to project what may lay ahead for the Middle East during the next 12 months. What major changes are likely to occur? Will the conflicts that have … Continue reading

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Education is the only hope for the Middle East

by Claude Salhani  – Fierce fighting between a US-backed coalition, which includes support from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, is under way to oust the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the Iraqi city of Mosul. … Continue reading

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Trump advocates grand theft of Arab oil

Donald Trump, the controversial Republi­can Party candidate for the White House, advocates stealing Iraqi and eventually Syrian oil if he were to become the 45th president of the United States. “The world should pay us for defending them,” said Trump … Continue reading

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Israel’s lesson from the Lebanon 1982 invasion: Keep out

Claude Salhani A high-ranking Israeli official on a visit to Washing­ton said Israel must be “sober and realistic” in addressing the current situation in its “dangerous neighbour­hood”. Moshe Yaalon, a former Israeli Defence minister and military chief of staff, told … Continue reading

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